Book Launch and Exhibition Draws West Texas Women Artists to Lubbock

Book provides the first survey of practicing women artists in the West Texas region.

Written by Cory Chandler

Attendees at the 32nd annual Lubbock Arts Festival, April 15-18 in Lubbock, Texas, will be the first to enjoy “Art of West Texas Women: A Celebration,” a book published by Texas Tech University Press and featuring 20 living artists from the Panhandle to El Paso.

In addition, a special gallery will exhibit selections of the artists’ works throughout the festival, and guests attending premiere-night festivities from 6–9 p.m. Thursday (April 15) at the Lubbock Civic Center will have the opportunity to meet with the authors and artists. Copies of the first edition will be on sale and available for autographing at selected times.

“Art of West Texas Women: A Celebration,” the first survey of practicing women artists in the West Texas region, features 150 lavish color images of the artists and their works.

Following in the tradition of Georgia O’Keeffe, herself an early interpreter of the West Texas Plains,  “Art of West Texas Women” celebrates women visual artists living and working in an expansive, rugged landscape – the vast western half of Texas, far from the dynamics of urban art communities and large national markets. Representing several of each artist’s one-of-a-kind art works, the book also offers glimpses into the artists’ lives and inspirations.

According to the Lubbock Arts Alliance Web site, the Lubbock Arts Festival is the largest fine art and fine craft show in West Texas, drawing more than 23,000 visitors and participants each year. Admission price for all adult festival goers will be $2 and all children age 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted for $1. The 32nd Annual Lubbock Arts Festival is made possible in part through a grant from the City of Lubbock, as recommended by Civic Lubbock Inc.

Featured artists

Future Akins

Doris Alexander

Toni Arnett

Linda Cullum

Tina Fuentes

Robin Dru Germany

Marilyn Grisham

Lahib Jaddo

Anna Jaquez

Dale Jenssen

Patricia Kisor

Abby Levine

Tracy Lynch

Pat Maines

Deborah Milosevich

Maria Almeida Natividad

Collie Ryan

Mary Solomon

Sara Waters

Amy Winton

About the authors

Kippra D. Hopper holds degrees from Texas Tech University, where she is the Hutcheson Professor of Journalism. As author, editor, and photographer, Hopper focuses her work on the American Southwest. She is the author of “A Meditation of Fire: The Art of James C. Watkins” (TTUP, 1999).

Laurie J. Churchill, a former professor of literature and women’s studies program coordinator, holds degrees from Boston University, the University of Massachusetts and the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of articles on classical literature and feminist pedagogy and is the lead editor of “Women Writing Latin: From Roman Antiquity to Early Modern Europe.” Currently, she is director of assessment in the College of Education at New Mexico State University.

Pamela Brink holds degrees from the University of Kansas and the University of Washington and is the owner of Associated Authors & Editors Inc., a writing, editing and graphic design studio. She is an associate fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies, a collector of West Texas art and an avid student of West Texas music.

For more information

For more information or a review copy of “Art of West Texas Women,”contact Barbara Brannon, marketing manager, Texas Tech University Press, (806) 742-2982 or via email at barbara.brannon@ttu.edu.

For more information regarding the Lubbock Arts Festival, contact Elizabeth Regner, executive director, Lubbock Arts Alliance, at (806)744-2787 or mail@lubbockarts.org.